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A Mother’s Grief


Please welcome first-time contributor Juls, a woman living with Bipolar 1. She was first misdiagnosed at 18 with Schizophrenia. It wasn’t until age 25 that she was properly diagnosed after being put on all the wrong meds and living in a board and care after doctors told her parents she would never get better. She now has another challenge in her life as she lost her only child, Dustin, on 3/07/12 to an accidental drug overdose. She now faces life with grief and joy, sometimes at the same time. She never leaves the house without her “mask,” in case she needs it.

About this photo: My photo is a selfie of me depicting the feelings of a mother’s grief, my son’s memorial button on my top.

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2 comments on “A Mother’s Grief

  1. Cheryl Walker
    January 14, 2014

    Lots of love and healing to Juls. ❤ My Father was also misdiagnosed with schizophrenia–it happens too often.


  2. Hope
    January 14, 2014

    i am sad for you.


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